BERLIN (AP) — Defending champion Bayern Munich routed Schalke 4-0 to join Borussia Dortmund atop the Bundesliga on Saturday in the side's most impressive performance since Pep Guardiola took over as coach.
"It was our best game in the Bundesliga. We dominated completely. We were pressurizing for the whole game," said Guardiola, who succeeded Jupp Heynckes in the summer. "I'm very happy and proud."
It was Schalke's biggest home defeat in the league since a 6-0 loss to Bochum in May 1981.
"Today the difference in class was too big, especially in the second half. We started very well. For the first 20 minutes or so Bayern found it difficult," Schalke defender Benedikt Hoewedes said. "Then we concede such a stupid goal."
Bastian Schweinsteiger scored with a header from Arjen Robben's corner in the 21st, before David Alaba crossed for Mario Mandzukic to make it 2-0 with the home side still reeling. Hoewedes was unable to clear the Croatian's header off the line.
The third goal seemed just a matter of time and Alaba was involved again, setting up Franck Ribery to score from close range in the 75th.
Then Claudio Pizarro scored his first goal of the season in the 84th, three minutes after coming on, when fellow substitute Thomas Mueller cut the ball back.
"We had our chances that we didn't use. And Bayern made the most of our mistakes," said Schalke midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, who was consoled by his brother, Bayern defender Jerome Boateng.
"He knows that it goes on and Schalke are allowed to win the next game," Jerome joked.
Dortmund drew 1-1 at Nuremberg to drop its first points of the season.
"We can live with the point," Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp said.
Marcel Schmelzer opened the scoring with a curling free kick over the wall and inside the right post in the 37th.
Per Nilsson equalized after a Nuremberg free kick in the 51st and the visitors were unable to extend their five-game winning start despite several late chances.
Nuremberg substitute Alexander Esswein wasted the opportunity to seal the home side's first win when he missed with only the goalkeeper to beat in injury time.
Schmelzer and Marco Reus were taken off at halftime with a thigh injury and dead leg respectively.
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